Nehar Shalom is so thrilled to gather as a community for High Holy Day services this year.
Most services will take place at First Church JP at 6 Eliot St in Jamaica Plain, with the exception of Kol Nidre and our erev Rosh Hashanah gathering, which will be held outdoors in JP. All indoor services will be livestreamed.
All are welcome at our services, and as always, there is no cost to attend. Registration is required to attend Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. Registration opens to Nehar Shalom members on August 15, and to everyone else on August 28.
ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION at 6 Eliot St.
Our space at 6 Eliot Street is wheelchair accessible from the Eliot St entrance. The bathrooms are fully wheelchair accessible.
We ask everyone who attends to refrain from wearing any perfume or scented deodorant or hair products to services, and to refrain from using highly scented soap, shampoo, or laundry detergent before attending services.
Some of our service leaders will be masked and others will be unmasked. For folks who lip read or otherwise benefit from leaders being unmasked: the musaf service, which begins after the Torah service on both days of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur, will be led by leaders who are entirely unmasked.
A quiet/low sensory space is available inside the church building during services.
Accessibility outdoors: The Eliot Schoolyard, where we will be gathering for Kol Nidre, is a large grassy space. There is a paved sidewalk accessible from both sides of the yard. Wheelchair accessible bathrooms are available next door at First Church.
If you have any questions about accessibility, please reach out to Alix at email@example.com
OTHER SAFETY INFORMATION
There will be no planned police presence at our services. The Kavod Community Safety team, a group of trained community members who provide safety support at many local events, will be present throughout.
*Please register by September 18th*
In order for our services to happen, we need a significant amount of community support. We are asking everyone who registers for services to sign up for a volunteer shift, if you are able.
As always, our High Holy Day services and programs are free of charge. For those who are able, we ask members and non-members alike to support our services and programs by making a sliding scale donation. Here is a suggested sliding scale:
Household Income Suggested Donation
Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue is a volunteer driven, non-profit organization and we sincerely appreciate any resources that you are able to share with our community.
We are overjoyed and grateful to be able to gather in person for the High Holy days this year. The Nehar Shalom COVID committee, ritual committee, and board of directors continue to work diligently to balance safety, accessibility, and connection during this time. We hope that our plan for gathering will meet as many of our community’s needs as possible, and we will remain flexible in response to changing information about COVID and our community. Our full COVID policy, which is updated regularly, is available here. The highlights of our plan are:
VACCINATION: Nehar Shalom requires all attendees over the age of 6 months to be up to date on their COVID vaccination. Up to date means having received at least two doses of Pfizer/Moderna or at least one dose of J&J at least two weeks ago PLUS all booster doses recommended based on age, timeline, and other eligibility. For most adults in our community, this means at least 1 booster dose and may include 2 doses. Please refer to booster eligibility information here and plan ahead of the holidays to make sure you are fully up-to-date.
MASKING: Nehar Shalom requires all attendees over the age of 2 to wear high-filtration masks (N95, KN95, KF94). We will provide high-filtration masks at the door and request you wear the mask provided. In order to accommodate our community's access needs, Rabbi Leora and some service leaders will be unmasked during services. These service leaders will adhere to a multi-step testing protocol to mitigate COVID transmission risk.
VENTILATION: We will utilize fans and open windows to increase ventilation during services.
SYMPTOMS/RECENT EXPOSURES/INFECTIONS: Please stay home/ join us by livestream if you have any symptoms. Any individual who is infected with COVID is expected to isolate for 10 days AND be fever-free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medications) before attending Nehar Shalom. Any individual who was exposed to COVID is expected to quarantine for 5 days after the exposure and test negative by PCR or rapid test on the day of returning to Nehar Shalom if it is within 10 days of the exposure.